Elkins Rotary donates to schools, libraries
ELKINS — On Monday, the Elkins Rotary Club announced the schools and libraries that had been chosen this year to receive funding grants.
Members expressed their appreciation for these schools and libraries, saying they were overjoyed to raise their money to help continue supporting the community.
First, the Elkins-Randolph County Library received money for launch pads, which are interactive digital tablets.
“These launch pads are available for a checkout period of a week at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library. They are pre-programmed to specific subject types as well as different age levels,” said the library’s Stephanie Murphy. “The library was able to purchase 10 launch pads last year with the grant that we received. We have SAT and ACT prep, we have pre-school reading prep, middle school science and math, and more. This year, we plan to use our money to purchase 7 or 8 more tablets to help students improve on their studies. We thank you very much for supporting us. We can now make sure that we are providing our community with different platforms rather than just print.”
Next, the Pioneer Memorial Public Library received financial resources for the STEAM project.
“This past school year we have had numerous students come and ask for resources for their sciences, social studies, art, projects, or whatever they were working on, they seemed to come to us. So, we tried to figure out a way to fund those things to the kids so that they had the resources that they needed to succeed. We decided that we would include these things in the STEAM program. We really appreciate this grant award because we live in such a small location. It is a very needed thing for us.” said Sandra Parrish, representative of the Pioneer Memorial Public Library.
The Valley Head Public Library was also gifted a grant to help promote their STEAM program.
“We do hands-on activities for the kids to help promote learning. This year’s summer reading program we will be incorporating STEM activities as well as learning about the moon, space and planets. We really appreciate the funding, thank you,” said Nicole Matthew, representative of the Valley Head Public Library.
Beverly Elementary School received money to help with renovations to the school.
“We will be renovating the front of the school. We have already started working with the kids, as they have started learning about what the school used to look like, that the town looked like during the civil war era. It is a very exciting process and the kids are really excited about it.” said principal Paul Zickefoose.
The Elkins Middle Schoolalso received a grant to better the school.
“As you know, our middle school is one of the older schools. So, we went through a major renovation project about 12 years ago. However, one thing that was overlooked was the water fountains. They wouldn’t work, or they would drain and flood the school. With that being said, we started a project to replace all of our water fountains with new fountains that have water bottle fill up stations that is filtered. We appreciate your support.” said Eric Lucas, representative of Elkins Middle School.
Jennings Randolph Elementary School received funding for the school as well.
“We found that our elementary students work so much harder if you explain the reason we are doing this is because this makes your brain stronger. So, we are looking at the research behind having a hydrated brain and body and being ready to learn. In addition to having a water bottle filling station, we are also getting 100 water bottles for the first and second graders to have their own bottles.” said Rochelle Chenoweth, representative of Jennings Randolph.
Midland Elementary School also received financial support.
“We are so thankful for the Rotary for donating the money for a buddy bench for the playground. Sometimes a student’s friend will not come to school one day and they don’t know where to play. This buddy bench is going to be set out and we are going to train our students that if they need a friend to play with, they should sit on this bench. Then, the other kids will come over and invite that student to play with them. We are really excited for this to happen. Thank you so much for funding.” said Sarah Wamsley, representative of Midland Elementary.
North Elementary School received money for interactive classroom boards that resemble a laptop screen.
“It was our goal to have these boards in each classroom, and now with the help of the Rotary we have made this possible.” said Jenny Markley, representative of North Elementary.
Heather Hill, also a representative of North Elementary, wrote a grant for funding to provide three more iPads to help improve the test scores of the children’s math and reading.
Finally, Third Ward Elementary School received a grant to help increase the number of iPads.
“These iPads have already increased our test scores, so thank you for the support.” said Dr. Linda Mullenaz, representative of Third Ward Elementary.
Finally, Tygarts Valley Middle/High School received a grant.
“This money will help fund the software for our game design program. If we have money left over, we will put it towards purchasing one or two more robots to help teach the kids about coding. The students that finish their work in advance will have something extra to complete in the classroom.” said Melissa Walters, representative of Tygarts Valley Middle/High School.